Fan starts petition seeking Weird Al Yankovic to play Super Bowl halftime show

Fan starts petition seeking Weird Al Yankovic to play Super Bowl halftime show

GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) --A Weird Al Yankovic fan has started a Change.org petition asking the NFL to let the parody singer perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
Evan Bleier
Weird Al earns his first No. 1 album with 'Mandatory Fun'

Weird Al earns his first No. 1 album with 'Mandatory Fun'

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) --Weird Al Yankovic's new album "Mandatory Fun" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a first for the 54-year-old parody singer.
Annie Martin
Weird Al to perform 'TMZ' song on 'Late Late Show'

Weird Al to perform 'TMZ' song on 'Late Late Show'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- American musician and parodist Weird Al Yankovic is to perform his song "TMZ" for the first time on late-night television on "The Late Late Show," CBS said.
Comedy Central to air Weird Al special

Comedy Central to air Weird Al special

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Comedy Central said Monday it plans to air a special taped during comedian-musician Weird Al Yankovic's latest North American stage tour.
Weird Al: Gaga loves 'Born' parody

Weird Al: Gaga loves 'Born' parody

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- Comedian Weird Al Yankovic says U.S. pop star Lady Gaga loves his parody of her song "Born this Way," despite reports she tried to torpedo it.
Weird Al releases 'Craigslist' single

Weird Al releases 'Craigslist' single

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. comedic singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic Tuesday released his new single "Craigslist," an homage to the Doors, Jive Records said.
Al Fest sets August date in California

Al Fest sets August date in California

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 11 (UPI) -- Al Fest, a Weird Al Yankovic fan convention and celebration of comedy music, is set for August at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, Calif., organizers said.
Weird Al releases cover of 'Whatever'

Weird Al releases cover of 'Whatever'

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. comic recording artist Weird Al Yankovic has digitally released a satirical cover of rapper T.I.'s hit song "Whatever You Like," Jive Records announced.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007.
By United Press International

Rapper focuses on 'important' subjects

ATLANTA, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Houston rapper Chamillionaire said the title of his sophomore album, "Ultimate Victory," refers to his artistic goals.

Timberlake to head 'Big in '06' attendees

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Pop singer Justin Timberlake is one of several celebrities set to appear at the "VH-1 Big in '06 Awards" ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday, Oct. 23, 2006.
By United Press International

Ludacris is No.1 on the Billboard 200

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Billboard Top 200 saw the first four slots filled with debuts this week, with Ludacris' "Release Therapy" dropping at No. 1, Billboard.com reported.

Weird Al wants respect for parodies

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Weird Al Yankovic doesn't think parodies get as much respect as they deserve.

'Weird Al' Yankovic gears up for No. 12

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Parody singer "Weird Al" Yankovic's 12th album will be a two-disc set featuring six animated music videos. "Straight Outta Lynwood" hits U.S. stores Sept. 26 via Way Moby/Volcano Records.
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Weird Al Yankovic
Pop music satirist Weird Al Yankovic performs in concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater in Pompano Beach, Florida on May 25, 2007. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (pronunciation: /ˈjæŋkəvɪk/; born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, music producer, accordionist, actor, comedian, writer, satirist, and parodist. Yankovic is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and that often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he had sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.

Yankovic's success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song's original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film, UHF, and television show, The Weird Al Show. He has also made guest appearances on many television shows, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV.

The only child of Nick Louis Yankovic (June 4, 1917 – April 9, 2004) and Mary Elizabeth (February 7, 1923 – April 9, 2004), Alfred was born in Downey, California, and raised in the town of Lynwood. His father was born in Kansas City, Kansas of Serbian descent, and began living in California after serving during World War II; he believed "the key to success" was "doing for a living whatever makes you happy" and often reminded his son of this philosophy. Nick Yankovic married Mary Vivalda in 1949. Mary, who was of Italian and English descent, and had come to California from Kentucky, gave birth to Alfred ten years later.

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